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Russia is geographically, culturally, and politically situated in-between Europe and Asia — sometimes being included in Europe, sometimes counted as part of Asia. What challenges does this bring for Russia’s participation in civil society activities within the Asia-Europe context? What is the space in Russia for civil society movements and their participation in international NGO work?
Statement of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum In Support of the GOLOS Association and Independent Monitoring of Russian State Duma Elections
We, members of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, find any pressure on independent elections observers absolutely inadmissible. We believe that the implementation of the principle of open and unlimited independent monitors’ access to any elections is an essential feature of a democracy.
More than 60 representatives of Russian and EU civil society organisations gathered for the second meeting of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in the Polish capital, Warsaw, on 1-2 December 2011. The conference follows up on the founding meeting of the Civil Society Forum in Prague in March 2011. The forum brings together NGOs and activists from across Europe and Russia and is set up as a permanent platform for cooperation.
Representatives of the civil societies of Russia and the EU established the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (CSF) at a conference in the Czech capital, Prague, on 28-29 March 2011. The conference brought together 57 representatives of Russian and 18 representatives of EU-based civil society organisations as well as several observers.